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St. Mark's Church and Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford, England - The world is our parish

Intercessions for Ordinary 17 Year B 2006

Prayers by Mr Richard Ledger   St Mark's Church

In our prayers today we shall bring before God our world, our community and our families and friends.
To the bidding Lord in your love, will you please respond,

Hear our prayer.

So let us pray.
Loving and compassionate God, you created and sustain our world, and in Jesus we seek to redeem and transform lives and situations. So we pray for our world, focussing especially today on the situation in the Middle East, with the violence in Lebanon. We pray or all involved – Israel, Hezbollah and Lebanon. For the innocent civilians caught up in the violence, the wrecked lives, the destruction. Lord God, we pray for peace and justice, that you will transform the chaos and strengthen and guide all those involved in diplomatic efforts as they seek to resolve the situation and find a new way forward.
Lord in your love,
Hear our prayer

We pray for our local community – all who serve on the Parish Council, our Borough Councillors and MP – that all may try to do what is right and seek the common good. We pray for all who organise clubs and societies that bring people together; for our local police officers and other services. We remember the old and frail - at home, in sheltered accommodation – locally Sir William Harpur House, and in care homes locally, Highfield. May all find security, dignity and tranquillity. We ask your strength and guidance for all who have the care of the elderly. Help us, Lord, as your people, to be good neighbours in the community, showing your love in our lives.
Lord in your love,
Hear our prayer

We pray for our families and friends, that you will be to them all that they most deeply need. We thank you for the fellowship of your people here. May we as a family of your people be rooted and established in your love and come to know the immensity of your grace as you dwell in us. Especially today we pray for Neil. We thank you for his ministry among us and ask you to bless and equip him as he moves to become Chaplain at Bury St Edmunds Hospice. Grant him your compassion and patience in his new ministry.
Lord in your love,
Hear our prayer

Lord, in all situations we know that Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench.
We commend to your everlasting love and care those who have died, and light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ, which eternally shines and brings hope.
We remember …
You turn our darkness into light and in your light shall we see light.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
We say together the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and for ever. Amen


Prayers by Mr Alan Bayliss

Putnoe Heights Church

In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

A prayer for everyday life …

Lord, we pray for all those who are struggling with the pressures and busyness of adult life. Give wisdom to those whose professions call for accurate skill and critical decision-making. Give courage and endurance to those whose daily work is hard or monotonous.
Strengthen and reassure all those who are bringing up families; struggling with broken nights and childhood illnesses; dealing with teenage rebellion and self-will.
Give patience and love to those endeavouring to make their marriage good and enduring.
For all we ask your peace and encouragement.

Lord in your Mercy; Hear our prayer.

On this Sunday, when we have our service of Holy Communion and Prayer for Christian healing, we pray for healing …

Lord, you are a present help in trouble.
Come Revive, Redeem, Restore. In our darkness come as light. In our sadness come as joy. In our troubles come as peace. In our weakness come as strength.
Come, Lord, to our aid. Revive, Redeem, Restore us O Lord.
Open our eyes to your Presence. Open our minds to your grace. Open our lips to your praises. Open our hearts to your love. Open our lives to your healing. And be found among us.

Lord in your Mercy; Hear our prayer.

As the war between Israel and Hizbollah intensifies, let us remember especially all the innocent people caught up in this terrible conflict, and pray for a ceasefire, to give the peacemakers a chance …

Have mercy, O God, on those who are victims of man’s inhumanity to man; defenceless people in hideous war zones; families robbed of those they love; prisoners of war, ill-treated and tortured; old people and children dying of starvation; and those who still bear the scars of former wars.
Lord, give to the nations wisdom to understand the things that belong to their peace, and the will to reject the things that make for war. And we pray that, realising our common humanity, we may live together as a family and make the world a home, bearing one another’s burdens, ministering to one another’s needs, and obeying your laws in righteousness, as children of one God and Father in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord in your Mercy; Hear our prayer.

We are now into the holiday season ; a prayer for holidays …

We, who are rich and privileged, thank you for the gift of leisure, for time to unwind, reflect and plan, to exercise or simply sit in quiet. We thank you for the people who create our holiday by working in the cockpit and control room, in garage, signal box and harbour office. For those in kitchens, dining rooms and bars; those guiding tours and running sports and games; may they too find time for rest and recreation…
May we be truly recreated in our recreation, our lives enlarged with new enthusiasm and a broader vision of your purpose.

Lord in your Mercy; Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are ill and those who suffer …

Lord Jesus, by the loneliness of your suffering on the cross be near to all who are desolate and in pain or sorrow this day. May your presence transform their sorrow into comfort, and in fellowship with you may they find peace, for your mercy’s sake.

Lord in your Mercy; Hear our prayer.

A prayer for those who mourn and those who have died …

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort. Deal graciously we pray, with those who mourn, that casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember before God those who have died and light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope.

We remember ……….

You turn our darkness into light and in your light shall we see light.

Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ

The Lord’s Prayer.